Preview: #13 Mater Dei (CA) at #7 St. John Bosco (CA)

by Jeff Fisher

Mater Dei High School logoThere are no easy games in Southern California’s Trinity League, so it’s not a really big deal for a showdown to occur in Week 1 of league play. That will happen tonight in Bellflower when #7 St. John Bosco (4-1) hosts #13 Mater Dei (5-0).

If you listen to last night’s radio show interview with legendary Mater Dei head coach St. John Bosco High School football helmetBruce Rollinson, who was recently named the Coach of the Decade for the 90’s by MaxPreps, you heard that he’s impressed by the job that Braves head coach Jason Negro has done.  One fun fact is both Rollinson (Class of ’67) and Negro (Class of ’91) are coaching at their alma maters.

Rollinson, who is in his 26th year at the helm of the Monarchs, brings a 245-76-2 record into the game, while Negro, who took over the Braves in 2010, is 41-15, but four of those loses were by forfeit.

St. John Bosco is riding a four-game win streak against Mater Dei, including two wins last year when the Braves captured the CIF Open Division championship with a perfect 16-0 record.

Bosco is led by UCLA commit Josh Rosen on offense. The senior quarterback has completed 63% of his passes for 1,260 yards, according to MaxPreps.  He’s thrown 14 TD passes with only one interception.  For his career, Rosen, who’s started since he was a sophomore has 75 TDs with only 17 interceptions.  His career quarterback rating is 123.5.

On the ground, the Braves rely on junior running back Sean McGrew, who is averaging seven yards a carry with seven touchdowns.

If you remove the 34 points scored by #6 Bishop Gorman two weeks ago, the Brave defense has only allowed 38 points this year.  In the last four games against Mater Dei, all wins, Bosco has only allowed the Monarchs a total of 31 points.

Mater Dei’s offense is led by Jack Lowary, who is yet to thrown an interception in 121 pass attempts. Lowary, who has thrown seven touchdown passes while completing 58 percent of his passes.

Wisconsin-recruit Kyle Penninston is one of Lowary’s top receivers with 13 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.  Brandon Attanese is tied with Penninston with a team high 13 grabs.

Junior Nick Hutson is the Monarchs leading receiver with 281 yards rushing with two TDs.

Aside from Coach Rollinson’s interview above, you can also listen to Coach Negro’s appearance on the High School Football America radio show before the Gorman game two weeks ago.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.